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              Confronting Environmental Implementation Challenges in the Pacific Islands
                

              Confronting Environmental Implementation Challenges in the Pacific Islands (Paperback)

              By S. Chasek, Pamela

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              Popular literature and the entertainment industry commonly portray the Pacific Islands as a homogeneous, tropical, and timeless Eden where life is leisurely and free from care and the problems of the twenty-first century. The region's tourist industry itself does its utmost to pr...omote that very image and first-time visitors to Hawaii today are often unprepared to discover that Honolulu, for example, is a modern metropolis with high-rise buildings and freeways. Located in the world's largest ocean, Pacific nations and territories are among the smallest on earth. The region is also one of the most linguistically and culturally diverse places in the world, as well as one of the most fragile and vulnerable--with Island countries often separated by hundreds of miles of open sea. In this paper, Pamela S. Chasek describes how, as a result of such circumstances, regional cooperation is necessary, albeit difficult. Environmental issues, particularly global warming with attendant sea-level rise, are a major concern, Chasek explains. At the same time, participation in multilateral environmental agreements is particularly demanding and often beyond the capacity of the small-island entities. Not infrequently, Chasek asserts, environmental ministries within local governments are small and lack the trained personnel and sufficient economic resources to effectively accomplish their mission.
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              ISBN 9780866382212
              Released NZ 2 Jun 2010
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              Pacific Island Nations: How Viable Are Their Economies?
               

              Pacific Island Nations: How Viable Are Their Economies? (Paperback)

              By X. Hezel, SJ, Francis

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              n an earlier issue of Pacific Islands Policy, Francis X. Hezel, SJ, examined the economic performance of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the Republic of the Marshall Islands before and after independence. Despite abundant start-up funds from the United States and adv...ice from consultants on how to create future prosperity, self-sustainability for these island nations remains as elusive as ever. This report is an attempt to answer the question: Are FSM and the Marshall Islands unusual in this respect or are all small Pacific Island nations waging a losing battle in their attempts to create more self-supporting economies? Development economists frequently argue that with the right policies in place and necessary reforms implemented, any nation, whatever its limitations, can develop a successful economy. In this report, Hezel looks at the record to find out how the Pacific Island nations have fared in this respect since independence. Having abundant exports doesn't always translate into a strong economy, he finds, since the two most richly endowed countries in the region are among the poorest in quantified per capita income. Most of the nations in the region, though, are resource-poor and so have had to turn to other strategies for economic development. The pathways to economic development for a small island nation, especially one that is remote and enjoys limited resources, are few and steep. Only one of the Pacific Island nations is close to full economic self-reliance at present, while one or two others may be within striking distance. The rest-and they are the majority-seem to have no real prospects for full self-reliance. Hezel asks what this somber but realistic view of the limits of economic growth in the Pacific might mean for larger nations with a stake in the Pacific, such as Australia, Japan, the United States, and China. Foreign aid, he suggests, may not be just a stopgap to achieve economic self-sufficiency, but a permanent requirement for nati
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              ISBN 9780866382243
              Released NZ 2 Feb 2012
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              Guarding the Guardians: Accountabilit
               

              Guarding the Guardians: Accountabilit (Paperback)

              By Larmour, Pater

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              Engaging North Korea: The Role of Economic Statecraft
                

              Engaging North Korea: The Role of Economic Statecraft (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Haggard, Stephan; Noland, Marcus

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              This monograph reviews the efficacy of economic statecraft vis--vis North Korea, with a particular focus on the use of sanctions and inducements on the part of the United States in seeking to achieve nonproliferation and wider foreign policy objectives.

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              Released NZ 1 May 2011
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              Ethnic Policy in China: Is Reform Inevitable?
               

              Ethnic Policy in China: Is Reform Inevitable? (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Leibold, James

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              Following significant interethnic violence beginning in 2008, Chinese intellectuals and policymakers are now engaged in unprecedented debate over the future direction of their country's ethnic policies. This study attempts to gauge current Chinese opinion on this once-secretive a...nd still highly sensitive area of national policy. Domestic Chinese opinion on ethnic policies over the last five years is reviewed and implications for future policies under the new leadership of CPC Secretary General Xi Jinping are explored. Careful review of a wide spectrum of contemporary Chinese commentary identifies an emerging consensus for ethnic-policy reform. Leading public intellectuals, as well as some party officials, now openly call for new measures strengthening national integration at the expense of minority rights and autonomy. These reformers argue that divisive ethnic policies adopted from the former USSR must be replaced by those supporting an ethnic melting pot concept. Despite this important shift in opinion, such radical policy changes as ending regional ethnic autonomy or minority preferences are unlikely over the short-to-medium term. Small-yet-significant adjustments in rhetoric and policy emphasis are, however, expected as the party-state attempts to strengthen interethnic cohesiveness as a part of its larger agenda of stability maintenance. About the author James Leibold is a senior lecturer in Politics and Asian Studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of Reconfiguring Chinese Nationalism (2007) and co-editor of Critical Han Studies (2012) and Minority Education in China (forthcoming). His research on ethnicity, nationalism, and race in modern China has appeared in The China Journal, The China Quarterly, The Journal of Asian Studies, Modern China, and other publications.
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              ISBN 9780866382335
              Released NZ 15 Aug 2013
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              Litigating the Right to Health: Courts, Politics, and Justice in Indonesia
               

              Litigating the Right to Health: Courts, Politics, and Justice in Indonesia (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Rosser, Andrew

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              Recent increases in health rights litigation in low- and middle-income countries triggered debates regarding the effects of such litigation on the equity and effectiveness of health systems. This study examines Indonesia's experience with health rights litigation and efforts prom...oting health rights in developing countries in general.
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              ISBN 9780866382786
              Released NZ 13 Sep 2017
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              Aligning Unevenly: India and the United States
               

              Aligning Unevenly: India and the United States (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Mistry, Dinshaw

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              In the early and mid-2000s, US policymakers anticipated India becoming one of America's top global partners. Have New Delhi's policies on key strategic issues actually aligned strongly with US objectives, as would be typical of close partners? An analysis of twelve prominent issu...es in US-India relations indicates that New Delhi's policies mostly converged moderately, rather than to a high extent, with US objectives. Specifically, the alignment between New Delhi's policies and US objectives was high or moderate-to-high on three issues--UN peacekeeping, nonproliferation export controls, and arms sales. It was moderate or low-to-moderate on six issues--China, Iran, Afghanistan, Indian Ocean security, Pakistan, and bilateral defense cooperation. And it was low or negligible on three issues--nuclear reactor contracts for US firms, nuclear arms control, and the war in Iraq. To be sure, despite the low or negligible convergence, New Delhi did not take an anti-US position on these issues. Four factors explain why New Delhi's policies aligned unevenly with US objectives across the issues: India's strategic interests (that diverged from US interests on some issues); domestic political and economic barriers (that prevented greater convergence between India's policies and US objectives); incentives and disincentives (that induced New Delhi to better align with US objectives); and certain case-specific factors. This analysis suggests that, rather than expecting India to become a close ally, US policymakers should consider it a friendly strategic partner whose policies would align, on the average, moderately with US strategic interests.
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              ISBN 9780866382724
              Released NZ 2 May 2016
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              ASEAN Centrality and the ASEAN-Us Economic Relationship
               

              ASEAN Centrality and the ASEAN-Us Economic Relationship (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Petri, Peter A.; Plummer, Michael G (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) The Johns Hopkins University The Johns Hopkins University The Johns Hopkins University The Johns Hopkins University The Johns Hopkins University The Johns Hopkins Univer

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              The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is strategically significant because of its size, dynamism, and role in the Asian economic and security architectures. This paper examines how ASEAN seeks to strengthen these assets through centrality in intraregional and externa...l policy decisions. It recommends a two-speed approach toward centrality in order to maximize regional incomes and benefit all member economies: first, selective engagement by ASEAN members in productive external partnerships and, second, vigorous policies to share gains across the region. This strategy has solid underpinnings in the Kemp-Wan theorem on trade agreements. It would warrant, for example, a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement with incomplete ASEAN membership, complemented with policies to extend gains across the region. The United States could support this framework by pursuing deep relations with some ASEAN members, while broadly assisting the region's development.
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              ISBN 9780866382465
              Released NZ 13 Mar 2014
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              Flexible Implementation: A Key to Asia's Transformation
               

              Flexible Implementation: A Key to Asia's Transformation (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Jordan, Luke Simon; Koinis, Katerina

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              Despite their overall economic growth over the last few decades, countries across Asia still face the complex task of structural transformation. Low-income economies must build formal industrial and service sectors from agricultural and informal bases; middle-income economies mus...t move up the value chain; and high-income economies must continually generate new capabilities at the frontier of innovation. Meeting this challenge requires implementing and adjusting solutions addressing a range of problems--problems whose complexities imply often it cannot be known ex ante whether proposed solutions will succeed or fail. Agencies tasked with delivering rapid growth must be able to act both effectively and nimbly: trying potential solutions, discarding sub-optimal ones, and reallocating resources quickly. The prerequisite for such learning by doing is flexibility, an institutional capacity with relevance to tasks beyond economic growth. It is a capacity easy to advocate but hard to build, facing difficult problems of exit costs (especially political), decision-making under uncertainty, and the governance and use of discretion within a bureaucracy. This study focuses on how real-world policymakers might operationalize the capability to be flexible in the agencies they lead or create. It does so through detailed examinations of three types of organizations--venture capital, defense research, and industrial policy--chosen for their ability to flexibly deliver on a portfolio of investments or programs. It concludes by offering a tentative set of techniques and strategies to enable flexible implementation.
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              ISBN 9780866382489
              Released NZ 31 Mar 2014
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              Benevolent Benefactor or Insensitive Regulator? Tracing the Role of Government Policies in the Development of India's Automobile Industry
               

              Benevolent Benefactor or Insensitive Regulator? Tracing the Role of Government Policies in the Development of India's Automobile Industry (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Tiwari, Rajnish; Herstatt, Cornelius; Ranawat, Mahipat

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              The impressive and sustained growth of India's automobile industry in recent years has catapulted it into the league of the world's top-seven producers of four-wheelers. This study identifies the main thrusts of policy regimes for the automobile sector since 1947, which began in ...an overregulation mode in the early period of independence.
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              ISBN 9781932728903
              Released NZ 16 Mar 2011
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